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imatarheel (#47120798)
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Bio Photo The attached photo is from 411 N. Wilmington St. Raleigh NC, my mother's childhood home. A home which no longer exists along with many others in the surrounding area between Peace College and the State Capitol.

I have a interest in Wake Co genealogy researching primarily family connections here for the last 5 years. My surnames include Carver, Gill, John Davis d Aug 1829, Dunn, High, Horn, Moring,and Taylor(Nash Co) maternal line.

Surnames in Rockingham and Caswell Co include Alcorn AKA Alcon,Betts,Fitzgerald,Mills,Nunnally,Powell,Robertson,Stubblefield paternal line and so many more families with ties to these counties and beyond.

A resident of Somerset Co, NJ for 28 years.

I've posted many photos from the NC yearbook collection which are available on at line at The vast majority of photos I have used are from 1930 and earlier yearbooks. After contacting several schools over the use of these photos and copyright law, I have been told as long as I'm not profiting from them and have listed the source, I'm in compliance with the law under the guideline of fair use. As of early 2012 and ancestry including yearbooks on their website, the issue of photos and copyright issues would appear to be a mute point. If a family member wishes me to remove any photo I have posted, just let me know.

Most memorials I have added are to Oakwood & Montlawn. Genealogy is my first love. I enjoy finding the elusive badly transcribed records that help document a family. I think the 1940 Wake census on ancestry may be the worst yet. As of August 2015, I can identify 5400+ individuals in my extended tree that are buried at Oakwood, 3500+ at Montlawn with a total database of 82,600+. Any memorial I add will based on a combination of death, census and Oakwood records. The memorial's and photo's I add are done so with much respect to that individual, their family and the history of North Carolina. I try to link memorials or add other details that may be useful to someone's research. The majority of the memorials will be part of my Wake County "Six Degrees of Separation" Tree. Visits to Oakwood in Aug 2012, Aug 2013 & Aug 2015 to take photos.

My findagrave wish list would be a paper scroll symbol to signify there is a paper document which would leave the portrait symbol for actual pictures of people.

I do like to link and if I have not, it is just an oversight on my part. Thanks to all that help with my suggestions/requests and the new edit feature which makes that so much easier now.

My memorials are frequently revisited and updated especially since finding additional records at which ancestry does not have. These records are available to all researchers. Their records include death certificates 1931-1994 and a marriage collection thru 1979. May I respectfully suggest, anyone posting current deaths without a birthdate revisit your memorials and get the birthdate from the social security index which is also available on

PLEASE refrain from death certficates on my memorials. It should not be necessary in most cases.

It has recently come to my attention the GPS location for individuals buried at Oakwood can be found in the recently updated database. Find your individual within the official Oakwood database and then click on Map. If you're requesting a photo for any of my memorial's at Oakwood let me know and I will update the location.

If you add an obituary clipping to any of my memorial's, please let me know. It may contain information I do not have.

Mar 2015-Ok,I've been on here almost 6 years and I just found out if you scroll all the way down in titles you will see "MD" which can be used if the deceased was a medical doctor.

Mar 2015-I'm now using News Bank to further my research. They have obituaries from the News & Observer starting @ 1991. I have been able to access this online thru my library. Other NC papers are also available.
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Charles Baskerville
Thank you so much for the information! Cindy
Added by CindyS on Aug 29, 2015 3:36 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Hi There Friend,
Good to hear from you .... I see you are busy again. I'm in North Carolina (my 4th month) researching old slave cemeteries. Will be returning home in a month, then back for Christmas. Again, thank you for sending additional information for memorials. You are one of the best Find A Grave researchers out there! I appreciate you so much for your sharing and how you work so hard. When will you be coming back to NC??? I'd love to meet up when you do.....

Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Aug 28, 2015 8:59 AM
Oakwood Cemetery Raleigh
Thank you for adding the Taylor grave photo from Oakwood Cemetery. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Aug 23, 2015 9:42 PM
J. Bean
Oakwood Cemetery
Thank you SO much for taking the photo for Clarence Godwin. I REALLY appreciate your time and effort on my behalf!
Added by J. Bean on Aug 17, 2015 8:47 AM
RE: Mildred Barbee Myatt
Thanks :)
Added by RainbowLady777 on Jul 19, 2015 1:55 PM
Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullock
RE: Smith Family Oakwood
I meant that my ancestors are not at Oakwood, but my parents are there: Carolyn Elisabeth Whitten Smith, B. 1 Sept 1911 in So Boston, Halifax, VA, and Philip Benjamin Smith (Jr), B. 14 Jan 1911 in Kittrell, Vance, NC.

Elisabeth is spelled with an S. She'll haunt you if you use a Z! She hated the name "Carolyn."
Added by Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullo... on Jul 19, 2015 8:25 AM
Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullock
RE: Smith Family Oakwood
There are two Smith lines in my family, both from NC -- Montgomery Co and Granville (later broken into Franklin, Vance, and Granville from Granville Co). None are in Oakwood Cemetery.

I think the two photos you referred to are Reynolds tombstones. They are in Montgomery Co, NC, in Okeewemee (think that's how it's spelled)--between Star and Troy. My computer had to update and restart, so I don't know whose Ancestry member's family tree they are from.

The two markers are my gr-gr-grandfather and his mother, and they were from Montgomery County, NC. Reuben's widow, Eliza, is in First Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Marlboro Co, SC. She remarried and is Eliza Reynolds Jordan, according to her marker.

I would love to see them posted with an explanation of who they are, so people can find them. Reuben is the son of Jeremiah Reynolds and Elizabeth (Allen) Reynolds.

Thank you!!!
Added by Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullo... on Jul 19, 2015 8:16 AM
Henry Boore
Charles Hinnant
While fulfilling the photo requests for Historic Oakwood, I also noticed a headstone for Charles T. Hinnant, Jr (1910-1920). I did not notice it online, but I took a photo of the headstone in case you need it since it was beside Charles T. Hinnant (1881-1912).
Added by Henry Boore on Jun 27, 2015 5:46 AM
Karen Baker
Benjamin Smith Skinner (1849-1923)

I requested a photo of his headstone (Oakwood Cemetery, memorial # 104742927) and this is what the volunteer reported:
"I searched for all Skinners in the cemetery database, here:, and did not find a Benjamin Skinner. Do you have any other information that could help?"

Can you help please?

Added by Karen Baker on May 26, 2015 1:31 AM
RE: Nancy Norwood Hunter
Thanks for checking on Nancy Norwood Hunter. Yes, my line does go back to the Highs through Delaney High and I can't think of her father's name off the top of my head. Very helpful and thanks again. Carroll
Added by Carroll on May 19, 2015 7:40 AM
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